I watched half the Moe special from Altitude today (if you can find it, watch it, it will explain a lot from those of us that grew up during the Moe years) and I can only shake my head. It is amazing the characters this team has had as coaches, and how great those coaches were, and now we are settling for mediocrity. I mean this team once had Doug Moe, Larry Brown, even George Karl, and now we are settling for Michael Malone because they are scared to hire another Shaw?
This is the 1st time we have had an all NBA type talent since Melo, the 1st guy who can be a true franchise since Motumbo (Melo had the talent but never seemed to care more about winning than money), the 1st guy who I believe can be a top 4 or 5 in the league since Thompson, yet we are sticking him with a crap coach that refuses to even use the guy in ways to maximize the talent? To top it off we have 2 young guys who we know have all star talent to go with the potential franchise guy, we have other young talent that we are not sure about but have a chance to be good. Why are we happy with mediocrity? They fired Karl for being above average even with much lesser talent, and now mediocre and excuses are okay?
Popovich made the playoffs with an aging Aldridge and a bunch of scraps/ old players. Casey made it to the 2nd round with a team where the best player was on the verge of being a journeyman. Brad Stevens is missing arguably their 2 best players and they just blew out the Cavs, Brett Brown got a team with their 2 best players 23 or younger to the 2nd round. Quinn Snyder lost his best player and another starter from last year, yet they made the 2nd round and played well. The Pelicans traded young talent for a guy that missed half of a season, and suddenly finch joins the team and their offense improves enough to take them to the 2nd round. Those are good coaches, those are the coaches that make a difference. Guys like Hastings and Boykins can talk all they want how coaching doesn't really matter, yet when we have had good coaches this team has been above average, regardless of injuries, or who the players were. **** with Melo here we lost a starter within the 1st week or so of every season for years, yet we always got into the playoffs under Karl. Moe was the same way. Larry Brown took a team full of guys who were thrown away by other teams and made the Eastern conference finals and won a championship in Detroit, even with his diva issues.
Budingholzer took a marginally talented Hawks team, and made them a 60 win team, their best player was either Millsap or Horford, their 3rd best we ask? Teague? Carroll? Korver? Their bench was a bunch of who cares? as well. That team had no business winning 60 games, hell they shouldn't have won 50 games. But somehow Budingholzer got them there. Sorry but that is a very good if not great coach.
Why with a proven very good to great coach on the market right now, are we sitting here with Malone? I mean WTF, why are we happy with mediocrity? This team had way to much talent to miss the playoffs last year, there should be no excuse. We have went over his issues, but why are TC and Josh Kroenke not seeing it?